HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves

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  • Price is per pair
  • Venomous Defender Snake Handling Gloves for use with venomous snakes
  • Triple layered fabric for added protection
  • Provides protection without limiting dexterity
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Brand:  HexArmor
Glove Type:  Reusable
Level of Cut Resistance:  5

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Hexarmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves

When you are working with Venom snakes and other dangerous animals, personal protection is of paramount importance. The HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves are essential for avoiding potentially life threatening injuries incorporating 3 layers of protective fabric that are offset against each other for greater protection. Though the gloves offer great protection against cuts and bites, they also allow a great level of dexterity with excellent finger/hand flexibility. Please note that a single pair of gloves are supplied via this listing.

The HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves are a BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) recognized product as being 'best practice' for animal handling. These gloves are suitable for large animal handling, zoo animal handling and venomous snake handling, amongst others.

Due to the design of the HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves, you are provided with optimal protection against cut hazards to the hand, fingers and wrists by layering SuperFabric branded materials and coating in a specialist silicon gripping surface on the palm.

As well as being extremely blade cut resistant the HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Gloves are incredibly abrasion resistant and also feature optimal grip. The Hercules 3180 Gloves are often used in a range of animal handling situations including zoo and aquarium use, scientific research and animal control.

The Hercules 3180 Gloves have blade cut protective zones on the front, back and sides and sides of fingers, giving a fully cut resistant glove solution. They also feature extended cuffs to offer protection to your wrist and lower arm.

HexArmor branded gloves made by Polyco offer the highest quality and are one of the leaders in safety glove technology and innovation. Their quality control is of the highest standard, products being subject to some of the most rigorous quality assurance regimes in the glove industry.

Applications of the HexAror Hercles 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves

The HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Snake Defender Gloves have been tested with a large number of different snakes and have been proved suitable for the following:

  • King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) (4.5 meters / 14ft)
  • Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca)
  • Black adder (Vipera berus)
  • Brown Adder (Vipera berus)
  • Southern Pacific Rattle/ black diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus helleri)
  • Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica)
  • Fer-de-Lance (Bothropslanceolatus)
  • Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
  • Papa New Guinee Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus canni)
  • Cottonmouth (Agkisterodon piscivorous)
  • Eyelash pit viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)
  • Northern Mojave rattlesnake (C.scutellatus)
  • Red diamond backed rattlesnake (C.ruber)
  • Western diamond backed rattlesnake (C. atrox)
  • False mole viper (Atractapis fallax)
  • Shield-nose cobra (Aspidelaps scuttatus)
  • Spitting cobra (Hemachatus haemachatus)
  • Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica)
  • Snouted cobra (Naja annulifera)
  • Puff adder (Bitis arietans)
  • Cape cobra (Naja nivea)
  • Southern stiletto snake (Atractaspis bibronii)
  • Coral cobra (Aspidelaps lubricus)
  • Red adder (Bitis rubida)
  • Southern adder (Bitis armata)
  • Saw-scaled vipers (Echis species)
  • Black-tailed rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)

They are also suitable for use with a number of other animals aside from snakes including:

  • Tiger and cheetah cubs
  • Otters
  • Stingrays
  • Mongooses
  • Lizards

Our gloves have been used by professional institutions including:

  • London Zoo, UK
  • Artis Zoo, Holland
  • Rotterdam Zoo, Holland
  • Chester Zoo, UK
  • Amneville Zoo, France
  • Thoiry Zoo, France
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust / Jersey Zoo
  • West Midlands Safari Park, UK (Health & Safety protocol)
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens, UK
  • Marwell Zoo, UK
  • Paignton Zoo, UK
  • LSTM Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Bangor University, UK    
  • Zoološki vrt Grada Zagreba, Croatia
  • Faunia, Madrid, Spain
  • Zoological and Botanical Garden of the Plzen Town, Czech Republic
  • Reptile Village Zoo, Ireland
  • Universeum Gothenburg, Sweden      
  • TerraZoo Buro, Rheinberg, Germany
  • Tierpark Hagenbeck, Germany 
  • Filaretic, Germany     
  • Asbl Crusoe, Belgium
  • Sealife (48 centres worldwide)
  • University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, Kosice, Slovakia             
  • Singapore Zoo and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Malaysia

Main Features of the Hexarmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves

The Materials 

The HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves high level of cut resistance is achieved by specific layering of 'SuperFabric' branded material which is a breathable, durable and lightweight fabric. Each layer of SuperFabric is reinforced with an overlay of tiny armour plates which makes it strong yet also flexible. By design, the Hercules 3180 is comfortable and provides high level of grip and high level of dexterity. 


The gloves boast a specialised silicon gripping surface on the palm for optimum grip capabilities.

Animal Handling

The Hercules 3180 Gloves are effectively used in animal welfare and zoology for handling all types of snakes, lizards, small stingrays, crocodilians, small sharks, seals and sea lions, primates, birds, cats, dogs and rodents. These gloves are stipulated as requirement by many local authorities recognized by many local Dangerous Wild Animal licenses.

Through the use of these gloves handlers feel less at risk and less tense when handling the animals. Tension in handlers can transmit to the animals making them stressed. Through the use of these gloves the animals stay calmer and less stressed when being handled.


The HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves are EN388 Certified, scoring a 4502 in testing. See below for a breakdown of this testing.

Hazard Resistance Rating
Abrasion Resistance 4
Cut Resistance 5
Tear Resistance 0
Puncture Resistance 2

The HexArmor Hercules 400R6E is highly needle stick resistant and has the benefit of being a single glove solution with no need to wear an inner or outer layer (unless desired). Protection zones against cut, abrasion and punctures feature on the whole of the glove and gauntlet wrist protection. These gloves have not only been tested to EN38 mechanical standards, but have also been tested for needle stick resistance with a 25 gauge hypodermic needle, ensuring their protection against sharp objects.


The HexArmor Hercules 3180 Gloves are suitable for use in either indoor or outdoor working environments. Suitable for cold weather in wet or dry conditions, in either dirty of clean use.

Care Instructions

Before being used the HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves may be a little less flexible than they should be, to change this please follow these instructions.

  • Wash the gloves in a washing machine cycle at 30°C and add a little fabric softener
  • Repeat this process
  • Leave the gloves to dry at room temperature — this should take approximately one day
  • The gloves should now be softer and give greater dexterity

The gloves should become more and more flexible as you use them. It is a good idea to wash the gloves periodically but please be aware that it is imperative to wash the gloves if they become coated with venom. Always wash the gloves in the manner described above.

Specifications of the Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves

Below is some additional specific information about the HexArmor Hercules 3180 Resistant Gloves.

  • EN388 Rating 4502
  • Highest cut  resistance
  • Silicon grip coating
  • Comes in four size options (sizing options and advice are below)
  • Gloves should be stored in dry conditions
  • When stored gloves will not suffer in mechanical properties for up to five years from the date of manufacture
  • The life of the gloves is difficult to estimate, it depends completely on application and responsibility of the user
  • Cut hazard protection on the palm, back of glove, fingers, thumb and elongated wrist and forearm guard

Sizing Information

  Safety Gloves Sizing Information Guide

In order to select the correct size of safety glove, simply measure across your palm at the point indicated in the picture. Then compare your measurement with the chart below to ensure that you select the correct size of glove for your hand.

We would recommend using a tape measure or ruler to get the right measurement. Our measurements are based on centimetres.

Where your measurement falls on the boundary of two sizes, we would recommend selecting the larger of the two sizes for a comfortable fit. However, if you would specifically like your gloves to be a closer fit, perhaps for work that requires fine movements, select the smaller of the two sizes.

Glove Size Medium Large Extra Large
Measurement across palm 8cm 9cm 10cm

More Information

For more information, please visit http://snakeprofessional.com/index.php?dispatch=discussion.view&thread_id=65 for testimonials or click here for a range of videos showing the HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves in use.

Safety Warning

Please note - The information about this product is intended to assist the wearer in selection of personal protective equipment. The results of physical tests should also help in glove selection. However it must be understood that actual conditions of use cannot be simulated and it is the responsibility of the user, not the manufacturer or seller to determine glove suitability for the intended use. 

Documentation for the HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venom Defender Snake Handling Gloves

Conformity Statement Instructions for Use
Download the Conformity Statement Download the Instruction Manual


This item will be dispatched by Royal Mail, DPD courier or UPS courier.

The estimated delivery time for this item is usually 1-3 working days when ordered before 14:00, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Coronavirus Update

We are still dispatching orders throughout the Coronavirus epidemic. On occasion, due to spikes in demand for certain products, our dispatch times may be slightly extended.

You will receive an email confirming dispatch when your order is on its way to you.

Our team are working hard to process orders as quickly as possible. We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

UK Delivery Charges

Certain orders delivered to the UK are subject to a delivery charge; refer to the table below for more information. Please note that all values are listed exclusive of VAT.

Order Value UK Delivery Charge
Up to £39.99 £4.95
£40.00 and over FREE

What is EN 388?

You might have noticed that this product adheres to EN standard EN 388. EN standards ensure that the product you are buying meets the safety standards of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the highest standards organisation recognised by and working on behalf of the European Union. To pass any EN standard, a PPE product must undergo some of the most rigorous safety tests around.

There are many EN standards that our gloves adhere to. However, the EN standard that we’re concerned about here is EN 388. EN 388 stands for Mechanical Resistance, and informs you of your gloves' resistance to abrasion, cuts, tears and punctures.

How Do I Read the EN 388 Score?

Simply speaking, the higher the score that this product achieves, the better the product will be at resisting that hazard. Products will score between Level 0 and Level 4 for abrasion, tears and punctures, and if they weren’t tested for that hazard you will see N/A written instead of a number.

Cuts are a little different and, with the EN 388 standard rewritten in 2016, it means that gloves will either be tested to cut resistance or ISO cut resistance (sometimes called TDM cut resistance). Gloves tested to cut resistance will score between Level 0 and Level 5, and gloves tested to ISO cut resistance will achieve a score between Level A and Level F with the higher letter offering better cut protection.

Where Can I Find Out More?

This is just a brief overview of EN standard EN 388 so you know where you are standing. For further information, you can see the Introductory EN 388 Blog in our Knowledge Centre.

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Great but why don't you ship to Canada, USA or South Africa?
Thursday, 14 January 2021  | 

I used these gloves in South Africa while handling Cobras and Puff Adders... I live in Canada and tried to order 3 pairs but you don't ship to my country. How can I purchase them and have them shipped to me here? Thanks, Brian Buffey (Toronto, Canada)

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Hi Brian,

Thanks for the review. Unfortunately, we do not currently ship internationally; I apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause you.

I would recommend that HexArmor is a brand based in the USA, so you may find it easier to source a supply from a US or Candian based business.

Thanks again for the review.

Best wishes,

Hank at SafetyGloves.co.uk

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